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intention

1. Law the resolve or design with which a person does or refrains from doing an act, a necessary ingredient of certain offences
2. Med a natural healing process, as by first intention, in which the edges of a wound cling together with no tissue between, or by second intention, in which the wound edges adhere with granulation tissue

Intention

 

a purpose or goal; the direction or directedness of consciousness, will, and, to a certain extent, feelings toward an object. The concept of intention dates back to Scholasticism, which distinguished “primary intention,” oriented toward a particular, from “secondary intention,” oriented toward a universal.

In the 19th century the concept of intention was again introduced into philosophy by the German philosopher F. Brentano. In his view, intentionality signifies the “objectness” of any act of consciousness, that is, its necessary relatedness to a certain—real or imaginary—object. Ideas of intention and intentionality are central (as universal characteristics of consciousness) to the views of A. Meinong (Austria) and E. Husserl (Germany). These concepts, particularly through the work of Meinong, were adopted by psychology, resulting in a refinement of ideas of the nature and direction of psychic activity, as well as in the formation of the concept of set.

E. G. IUDIN

intention

A term used by ATC (air traffic control) to ask a pilot, “What do you plan to do?”
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It was all very well to aim at the intention of the soul: who could tell what that was when people seemed a mass of contradictions?
But just Heaven, that seldom fails to watch over and aid good intentions, so aided mine that with my slight strength and with little exertion I pushed him over a precipice, where I left him, whether dead or alive I know not; and then, with greater speed than seemed possible in my terror and fatigue, I made my way into the mountains, without any other thought or purpose save that of hiding myself among them, and escaping my father and those despatched in search of me by his orders.
"What is he going to do?" thought Villefort, whose position demanded much reserve, but who was longing to know what his father's intentions were.
"No." The two notaries looked at each other in mute astonishment and inquiry as to what were the real intentions of the testator.
They brought me along with them when they deserted, either with the intention of holding me ransom or selling me into the harem of one of the black sultans of the north.
Immediately after the Englishman had been brought to Numabo's village Usanga had gone out in search of the plane, prompted partially by curiosity and partially by an intention to destroy it, but when he had found it, some new thought had deterred him from carrying out his design.
No more than they could he see the creature crouching in the concealment of the foliage, yet he knew that it was there and what it was and what its intentions, precisely as well as though it had been lying in the open.
It is true that Kai Shang had no other evidence than the natural cunning of his own knavish soul--but he imagined in the intentions of Gust what he himself would have been glad to accomplish had the means lain at hand.
Momulla raised his right hand, palm forward, as a sign of his pacific intentions.
Chance had it, though, that he glanced out of the doorway of the cook's tent at the very moment that Kai Shang and Momulla approached the entrance to his, and he thought that he noted a stealthiness in their movements that comported poorly with amicable or friendly intentions, and then, just as they two slunk within the interior, Gust caught a glimpse of the long knife which Momulla the Maori was then carrying behind his back.
She did not very much like it that he, who was in love with her daughter, had kept coming to the house for six weeks, as though he were waiting for something, inspecting, as though he were afraid he might be doing them too great an honor by making an offer, and did not realize that a man, who continually visits at a house where there is a young unmarried girl, is bound to make his intentions clear.
Vronsky openly flirted with Kitty at balls, danced with her, and came continually to the house, consequently there could be no doubt of the seriousness of his intentions. But, in spite of that, the mother had spent the whole of that winter in a state of terrible anxiety and agitation.